Interview With Phil & The Osophers

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Phil & the Osophers are a 3-piece band from Brooklyn. Their sixth full length album, Parellelo, came out this summer. They have played with the likes of Art Brut, Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, and the Dodos and they played SXSW and the Northside Festival earlier this year. Now they’re playing a CMJ show (gotten through thir sonicbids account), on Saturday at Bruar Falls at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn at the La Société Expéditionnaire showcase, along with Dragon Turtle, Soltero, Strand of Oaks, Matt Bauer, and Lewis & Clarke. Big Apple Music Scene got a chance to chat with all three of them:

Big Apple Music Scene: Is this your first time participating in CMJ? If so, what are your feelings about it—excited nervous, indifferent? If you’re an old vet, what makes you excited for this year?

Kevin Estrada: This is a complex question. Phil is an old vet because this is his third time playing CMJ. The first time he played, it was on his own. Then I came along, and this will be my second CMJ show. However this will be Gus’ first show which is the most exciting part about playing this year. After playing as a solo act and then as a duo, Phil and the Osophers will get to play as a trio. If you know the legend, the Tri-Force is the most powerful object ever, so we have that going for us.

BAMS: What other bands are you excited to see at CMJ?

Philip Radiotes: The show I’m most excited to see during CMJ isn’t a CMJ show, at least I don’t think. Leonard Cohen is playing at Madison Square Garden that Friday, and, while it isn’t the most opportune space to see him perform, I am extremely excited.  We all have been huge fans forever and this is our first time seeing him.  His dedication to his art is truly inspiring.  Plus we’ll be playing the next day and will have him fresh in our minds.

BAMS: How does being a band based in NYC effect your music—or not?

KE: Being an NYC-based band does not necessarily affect the music. It affects the way you’re going to play. There are a lot of bands here. Everyone and their mom is in a band so it gets difficult to play every venue you want. It’s so much more competitive here than it is in Reno, where we spent a few months one night…

PR: The different venues do help us broaden ourselves because we tend to vary our set list and approach according to the mood of the show and venue.  This helps keeps us on our toes for every show.

BAMS: What’s your favorite NYC venue to play at or to see a show at?

Gus Iversen: Well, brooklyn venues are generally more fun than Manhattan venues. Favorite spot right now is probably Glasslands because it feels like a grade school jungle gym, except instead of juice boxes the kids are drinking Sierra Nevada.

BAMS: What will your life be like post-CMJ?

GI: You know, I’d like to say things will be somehow different but life will probably just continue on as it had before–like a spider and an orchid mating to death on the back of a galloping horse.